Philosophy, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16920
    Tuition (Year)
    6760
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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This MA will give you up-to-date knowledge of contemporary philosophy across a broad range of subjects and provides essential training for students considering going on to do a PhD.
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About

The MA in Philosophy provides a combination of taught core and option modules which aim to make you familiar with what is at the centre of contemporary debates. Additionally, in the first term, you will attend dissertation preparation seminars to enable you to write your dissertation proposal. Further support is given during the second and third terms and you will write your dissertation under the guidance of a supervisor. During your third term you and your peers will hold an in-house conference.

What can you do with a philosophy degree?

Studying Philosophy develops skills highly sought after by employers: analytical and critical thinking; constructing and defending a coherent argument; grasping complex ideas, and creatively imagining alternative possibilities.

What opportunities are there?

Our Philosophy graduates have gone on to a range of careers including: central and local government, charities, finance, IT management, media and private sector management.

Programme Structure

The MA Seminar

The MA Seminar is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of the core areas of Philosophy. The Seminar consists of four modules:

  • Topics in Theoretical Philosophy

This module considers some of the key issues relating to theoretical philosophy, especially issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Mind.

  • Topics in Practical Philosophy

This module considers topics central to current debates in normative and political theory.

  • 2 Option Modules

The option modules offeredare:

  • Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
  • German Idealism: Moral, Legal and Political Philosophy
  • MA Project Essay*
  • Metaphysics of Mind
  • Philosophy of Emotions
  • Philosophy of Film
  • Pragmatism
Postgraduate Research Skills Seminar

The Postgraduate Research Skills Seminar is taught over two terms and is designed to provide students with a grounding in the skills necessary to contribute to contemporary philosophical debates. They attend at least one research seminar or colloquium every two weeks and maintain a reflective journal of their research experiences throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. Tutorials are held every two weeks during which students discuss their responses to research events as recorded in their journals and provide mentoring and peer support.

Dissertation Preparation

This module will start immediately and continue over the three terms. It is designed to facilitate applicants for AHRC PhD funding who need to have a thesis proposal worked up by the end of the calendar year. This will be particularly beneficial to those who will be pursuing a PhD in Philosophy.

*The Project Essay

This module is designed to enable students with specialised interests to pursue independently a topic of their own choosing. Students taking this module propose an independent study topic. The proposal will then be considered by the Board of Studies and, if accepted, the student will be assigned a suitable member of staff who will supervise the project. The Project Essay is compulsory for part-time students but can also be taken by full-time students as one of their two option modules.

Dissemination Practice

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practise disseminating their work, which is a distinctive and challenging feature of Philosophy as a discipline.
Students will organise and present a paper at a one-day ‘conference’, which will be attended by at least two members of staff.

The Dissertation

As an application of the core knowledge, skills and experience gained in the previous stages of the course, the Dissertation enables students to produce a sustained piece of critical writing on a topic of their choosing. A member of staff with expertise in the relevant area will provide supervision.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 185

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 96

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants for the MA in Philosophy will normally be expected to have obtained an upper second class honours, or equivalent, in an undergraduate degree that includes some philosophy.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16920 International
  • GBP 6760 EU/EEA

UK/EU:

  • Part-time (2 years): £3,380
Overseas fees:
  • Part-time (2 years): £8,145

Funding

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